Before we get completely carried away with what the bride’ll be wearing, here’s a dedication to the groom’s wedding style.
The groom’s outfit has changed and evolved in recent years, with a huge depth of style choices now accepted and seen as ‘fashionable’ for weddings. 2017’s grooms are showing their flair and individuality, by incorporating more textures, pattern and colour into their attire, rocking everything from tweed to florals and silk.
Planning what you (or he will) be wearing come the big day? Be bold and show off your style with these top groom tips!
1. USE THE SEASON
Seasons play a huge part in styling weddings, and if in doubt, use the season to spruce up your style.
Having an Autumn wedding? Play around with rich, deep colours and textures. Velvet blazers, tweed bow ties or unconventional boutonnieres (Think feathers, seed pods, etc in with your foliage) are all great choices.
For Winter weddings, it’s good to go for opulence, so black tie, velvet and silks are all failsafe choices.
Getting married in the Spring? Try pastel colours, floral patterns and light, fresh fabrics. Meanwhile, Summer weddings are a chance to be a little wild and free, so ditch the jacket and accessorise a shirt with braces, a boutonniere and bow tie.
2. MIX IT UP
Many couples like to embrace mismatched accessories now, which dovetails nicely into the trend for mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses.
For the men of the day, the idea could be as simple as having the groom wearing a full set, and the groomsmen wearing a different colour pocket square. Or you could be really individual and have every groomsman sporting a different print.
This trend is a great way of incorporating a broader colour scheme, or working with a larger wedding party.
3. ACCENTUATE THE GROOM
Mixing things up a bit can also be a brilliant way of highlighting the groom (it’s not all about the bride, you know!)
The groom needn’t worry too much about matching his groomsmen, as ideally, his outfit should be instantly and noticeably different. That’s not to say you won’t compliment each other – just you want to avoid looking like clones.
Experiment with layering and accessories, or an alternative suit jacket, whilst using key elements to tie everything together. For summer weddings, think waistcoats, with just the groom sporting a jacket too. Or perhaps the Groom wears the only waistcoat… there are endless possibilities and a sure way to ensure the groom stands out!
If you wanted a subtle variation though, play with accessories. The groom could wear a tie, with groomsmen in matching bow ties, or perhaps the groom could have a different pattern of tie to the rest of the bridal party.
4. EMBRACE COLOUR
Don’t be shy about incorporating colour, just use it wisely. A pop of colour in the groomsmen’s attire really accentuates that they are the wedding party, and can tie the style of the wedding together.
A perfect way to add colour is with playful accessories. Florals, and paisleys are perfect additions, adding some colour and texture, without feeling dominating or overly matchy-matchy.
Choose one or two colours from the bride’s bouquet and work with them to bring out complimentary colours, rather than having a sea of baby blue or lavender from head to toe of the wedding.
5. PLAY UP THE VENUE
With hundreds of styles and ways to tie the knot these days, your wedding could be anything from a low key country garden affair, to something elegant, with gilded grandeur.
Or maybe you’re getting married by the sea, or in Disneyland! Whatever your venue, there will always be key highlights that you can play on, to really incorporate a feel or theme into your day.
If you’re getting married on a farm, will you be having photos in wellies? A country style ensemble with lots of tweed would ensure you don’t look out of place. Likewise, thick, textured tweed may not balance so well in an elegant ballroom.
Look for little features for inspiration, from the colourway of the venue’s decor to the flowers growing outside. Maybe the historical building with period features inspires a more traditional style, or perhaps you want to roll your linen suit trousers up for a stroll along the beach…? Locations should influence the style.
Did you find these tips useful? Come talk pops of colour, quirky accessories, patterns and textures at our BoShow Festival, where Lauren Vickers will be on hand to help your groom be the most dapper chap on your wedding day.Elisabeth_Andrew images – Henry and Mac Emily&Sam images – Tracey Hosey IMG_2268 – AES Photography Jonny-Karen images – photographer unknown Lauren-Adam images – Red on Blonde Sharon&Paul images – Claire Penn Photography